JANUARY 29, 2007 -- Tyco Telecommunications (search for Tyco Telecommunications), a business unit of Tyco Electronics, says it expects to complete the multi-million dollar project that will enhance the performance of the ARCOS network operated by Miami-based New World Network as scheduled. Tyco Telecommunications is installing and burying new double-armor, high-strength fiber-optic cable off the coasts of several Central and South American countries. Pending final permit clearances, Tyco Telecommunications expects to complete installation in April 2007, as originally committed.
"Nine months ago we embarked on a series of network improvements that bring us closer to achieving the high service standards that our parent company, Columbus Communications, demands of its business units," said Paul W. Scott, president of New World Network. "We appreciate the support and understanding from our customers as we transform ARCOS into the premier regional fiber-optic network, and are pleased with the solid performance from Tyco Telecommunications. We regard Tyco Telecommunications as a strategic vendor-partner for improving ARCOS and enabling our growth and expansion in the pan Caribbean-Americas region."
Columbus Communications, which acquired New World Network in September 2005, has been investing heavily to expand and improve the ARCOS undersea fiber-optic network. Most major communications companies in the pan-Caribbean region use the ARCOS network for their growing Internet data transport and backhaul.
"Though this project has been difficult because of challenging winter weather conditions at sea, our team has remained determined to deliver the project, as committed," said David Coughlin, president of Tyco Telecommunications. "We are pleased that we have made excellent progress. What's more, as we complete phases of the project, we are steadily improving the ARCOS network's resiliency and reliability."
"Based on our engineering analysis of the work we were tasked to perform, we are confident these undersea network improvements will substantially improve performance of the ARCOS network," added Frank Cuccio, vice president of marine operations for Tyco Telecommunications.
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